The league leaders visit the Foals in a Bundesliga classic as the German top flight kicks off for the first time in the 2012 calendar year
Jantschke, Stranzl, Brouwers, Daems
Herrmann, Neustadter, Ring, Arango
Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm
Robben, Kroos, Muller
As the second round begins, Gladbach are largely unchanged and are expected to field a familiar starting XI. Striker Joshua King has returned to Manchester United from his loan spell, while young midfielders Alexander Ring and Tolga Cigerci have been brought in as reinforcements.
Ring especially impressed coach Lucien Favre, and may replace Havard Nordtveit in the starting line-up. Centre-back Dante is suspended for accumulated cautions, and is expected to be replaced by veteran Roel Brouwers.
The big news from Munich is that Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his long-awaited return following a fracture, sustained in November. The vice-captain had a knee problem earlier this week, but has since recovered and will be able to play from the start.
With Franck Ribery suspended due to a red card, Thomas Muller will likely start on the left wing, with Toni Kroos in the centre behind lone striker Mario Gomez. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Jerome Boateng are tipped to be in the first XI ahead of Luiz Gustavo and Rafinha, respectively.
||DID YOU KNOW|
- Monchengladbach stars Marco Reus and Roman Neustadter confirmed their summer departures earlier this month.
- Lucien Favre's side have scored 25 goals and conceded just 11, the second-lowest figure in the Bundesliga.
- The recent first round marks Gladbach's best record in an autumn campaign since the season in which they won the Bundesliga title, in 1976-77.
- Bayern Munich have won three of their last seven games which come after a summer or winter break.
- Jupp Heynckes' men have the Bundesliga's best record of goals scored (43) and conceded (10)
- The Bavarians have not won away at the Borussia Park for six years.